Energy Management in Muncipal Buildings
Source: Energy Information Administration, Major Fuel Consumption (Btu) by End Use, 2003
Curbing Energy Consumption
City, state and federal governments operate a large number of buildings which are often owned, but sometimes rented, and most are 25 plus years old with no energy management systems. They range from offices and schools to housing and municipal services such as fire and police.
Energy is Wasted
Unfortunately, nearly one-third of the energy used to run a typical government building goes to waste, costing a lot of taxpayer dollars. However, this creates an opportunity to add energy management systems in existing buildings that can result in immediate savings with a typical payback of 12- to 24-months for a municipality.
An Opportunity to Lead by Example
Information technology is a proven way to affect the transformation needed in energy consumption. Significant advances in wireless-mesh technologies for monitoring (and control) for demand-side energy management are making it possible, on a truly broad scale, to understand exactly how energy is being consumed in multiple buildings on an economic basis.
There is a lot of talk today of energy efficiency and going green. However, inefficient and wasteful buildings and operations are literally robbing municipalities, consumers and society of money, security and sustainability
Millennial Net’s Energy Management System
This system helps to balance both budgetary constraints and operational priorities. It is designed for rapid and affordable deployment across multiple buildings. It uses wireless devices to reduce installation costs and provide greater coverage of sensors and control points. The system is an integrated framework for comprehensive remote monitoring and control of key energy sources.
The framework combines the recent advances in wireless sensor networking technology. It provides an ability to monitor current and historical energy consumption information in detail, aggregate and comparison.
- Greater building environment control - Integrate and centralize the management of heating, cooling, lighting, and security as well as automate the control of multiple systems.
- Energy conservation - Reduce energy expenses through optimized HVAC management.
- Flexibility for changing layouts - Easily reconfigure systems to create workspaces or retrofit existing infrastructures while saving time and money.
- Real-time visibility for separate buildings, zones, or areas
- Reduction of electric demand spikes
- Energy policy compliance
- Cost and energy savings